Minimising human error in malaria rapid diagnosis: Clarity of written instructions and health worker performance

This article, published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene describes a study, undertaken in the Philippines and Laos, of the effectiveness of job aids to improve health worker performance in the use of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria. Such tests, frequently used in remote areas with little supervision or support, proved error prone for health workers using of the manufacturer’s instructions alone. However, providing a clear, simple job aid reduced errors. Appropriate instructions and training and monitoring user behavior are also essential.

Rennie W, R Phetsouvanh, S Lupisan, V  Vanisaveth, B Hongvathong, S Phompida, P Alday, M Fulache, R Lumagui, P Jorgensen, D Bell, and  S Harvey, “Minimising human error in malaria rapid diagnosis: Clarity of written instructions and health worker performance,” Transactions of the Royal Society  of Tropical  Medicine and Hygiene 101(2007):9–18.

Publication Date 
January 2007
Authors 
Rennie W, R Phetsouvanh, S Lupisan, V Vanisaveth, B Hongvathong, S Phompida, P Alday, M Fulache, R Lumagui, P Jorgensen, D Bell, and S Harvey
Resource Type 
Publications
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles